10 Elvis Presley Movies To Watch After Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ If You Want To Know More About The King

Baz Luhrmannthe recent movie Elvis is the latest musical biopic to bring the life of a famous musician to the big screen. With Austin Butler in the main role, Elvis traces the King’s rise to fame and his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (tom hank).

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Whereas Elvis explores the story of how a boy from Mississippi became the king of rock and roll, there are many aspects of Elvis Presleythe life left out of the film. What many people don’t know about the beloved entertainer is that he had a successful career not only on stage but in front of the camera. With 33 acting credits to his name, his film career spans multiple genres and often intertwines with the star’s real-life personality.


“Love Me Tenderly” (1956)

Want to follow in the footsteps of Hollywood idols James Dean and Marlon Brando, Elvis dreamed of becoming a leading dramatic actor. Colonel Parker’s persistent lobbying to get a screen test from Elvis finally paid off, as the entertainer eventually signed a contract and landed his first feature film in 1956 with Robert D. Webbit is love me tenderly.

Set at the end of the Civil War, love me tenderly sees Elvis play Clint Reno – the naïve younger brother of Confederate soldiers hiding their ill-gotten gains of war. Originally titled “The Reno Brothers“, love me tenderly earned its name when the studio realized the potential to capitalize on Elvis’ hit single from the soundtrack.

“To Love You” (1957)

A year after his successful film debut, Elvis landed the lead role in Hal Kanterit is To love you. Shot in vibrant Technicolor, that starring role saw Elvis dye his hair black – and since then he’s continued to dye his hair black for the rest of his career.

Elvis plays Deke Rivers, a country boy whose musical talents are discovered by a charming publicist who promises a future of fame and fortune. When it is revealed that his management team is taking advantage of Deke’s emotional attachment to his craft for their financial gain, To love you becomes a startlingly accurate insight into the complicated relationships of artists and their managers – a tale that Elvis turns out to be too true.

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Like the possible prison sentence Elvis faced in Luhrmann’s film, the real-life star has had many messy run-ins with the law. In August 1956, the Jacksonville court judge warned Elvis that there would be “no hip swiveling or suggestive body movements” at his upcoming shows in Florida, threatening to arrest the entertainer for “attack on the morality of minors”.

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The following year, Elvis embraced his rebellious streak in Richard Thorpeit is Jailhouse Rock. Playing Vince Everett, a young man serving time for manslaughter, Elvis brings his natural talent for music and performance as Vince discovers his passion for rock and roll.

‘Creole King’ (1958)

Elvis’ fourth movie, Creole King, established the iconic stage performer as a rave-worthy actor. A month before filming began, Elvis received his draft notice from the military, leading him to request a 60-day deferral of his service to complete filming of what would be his most acclaimed film. by criticism.

Directed by the legendary Michael Curtis, creole king sees the Elvis star as Danny Fisher – a young delinquent who fails in high school, quits his job as a bus boy at a nightclub, and one night gets the chance to perform. With success in his sights, a local crime boss pursues the young musician to perform at his nightclub, an offer Danny turns down, but the crime boss doesn’t take no for an answer.

‘G.I. Blues’ (1960)

From 1958 to 1960, Elvis did his military service in the American army. Enlisted at a time when he was considered one of the most recognizable names in the entertainment industry, his time in the military was welcomed by the many parents, religious leaders and teachers who despised the rock idol. and roll. Elvis’ two years of military service had a huge impact on his career and personality. Upon his return, the artist found a new fanbase among an older age group, largely thanks to his career in the military and his new musical style which saw him move from rock and roll to dramatic ballads.

In Elvis’ first film after his military service, Norman bullfightingit is G.I. Blues sees the Elvis star as Private Tulsa McLean, a man who hopes to raise money to open a nightclub when he gets out of the military. After a very difficult time for the entertainer, a feel-good musical has helped him find his way back to what he does best – entertaining.

‘Blue Hawaii’ (1961)

Throughout his career, Elvis had a certain fondness for Hawaii. To fill a gap in his tour schedule in November 1957, Colonel Parker recalled all the fan mail Elvis had received from his Hawaiian fans and decided to fly to Aloha State. With his love for surfing, Elvis soon found himself immersed in Hawaiian culture and later made several movies there.

from Taurog blue hawaii is Elvis’ first Hawaiian adventure. Continuing the military theme of his previous film, blue hawaii follows Chad Gates after he is discharged from the army and settled back into the life of paradise with his surfboard and ukulele. It’s a charming film that showcases all the best of Hawaiian culture and scenery.

‘Child Galahad’ (1962)

A lesser known fact about the king of rock and roll is that while stationed in Germany during his military career, Elvis developed a passion for karate. Returning to Memphis in 1960, he obtained his black belt and, in 1974, opened his own martial arts center.

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For an Elvis movie that really packs a punch, Phil Karlsonit is Kid Galahad casts Elvis as Walter Gulick. After completing his military service, Walter takes a job as a sparring partner at a gym, but his potential is quickly realized by the gym’s owner, who takes him under his wing and into the world of professional boxing.

“Long Live Las Vegas” (1964)

Despite Elvis’ affection for Hawaii, the beloved entertainer is more often associated with the bright lights of Las Vegas. Even today, the Las Vegas Strip is filled with Elvis impersonators carrying on the legacy of the King, who performed more than 600 concerts at the International Theater.

Located in the city of light, george sidneyit is Long live Las Vegas stars Elvis as Lucky Jackson, a racing driver in need of money after his car breaks down. To raise money for a new engine, Lucky starts working at the casino and along the way tries to win the affection of the hotel’s young lifeguard, Rusty (Ann Margret).

‘Spinout’ (1966)

Throughout Elvis’ 33 films, he played the role of a race car driver in three of them, including Taurog. Dilutea film that went down in racing car history by seeing none other than The King drive the very first McLaren.

After Elvis as Mike McCoy, the lead singer of a traveling band and part-time racing driver, Dilute put Elvis behind the wheel and showed that the only thing that could come between his love for women was his love for cars.

“Change of Habit” (1969)

by Luhrmann Elvis explores the artist’s religious upbringing in Memphis and his introduction to gospel music. Although he may have earned the title of King of Rock and Roll, Elvis was deeply rooted in spirituality and had an equally successful gospel music career.

In his latest role, William A. Grahamit is change of habit sees Elvis return to his religious roots playing Dr. John Carpenter. Running a health clinic in the low-income neighborhood of Harlem, he works with a local nun to bring compassion and care to the neighborhood.

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